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SOUTH AFRICAN QUALIFICATIONS AUTHORITY 
REGISTERED UNIT STANDARD: 

Apply sampling theory and practice 
SAQA US ID UNIT STANDARD TITLE
244071  Apply sampling theory and practice 
ORIGINATOR
Chemical Industries SGB 
PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QUALITY ASSURANCE FUNCTIONARY
-  
FIELD SUBFIELD
Field 06 - Manufacturing, Engineering and Technology Engineering and Related Design 
ABET BAND UNIT STANDARD TYPE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL CREDITS
Undefined  Regular  Level 2  NQF Level 02 
REGISTRATION STATUS REGISTRATION START DATE REGISTRATION END DATE SAQA DECISION NUMBER
Reregistered  2018-07-01  2023-06-30  SAQA 06120/18 
LAST DATE FOR ENROLMENT LAST DATE FOR ACHIEVEMENT
2024-06-30   2027-06-30  

In all of the tables in this document, both the pre-2009 NQF Level and the NQF Level is shown. In the text (purpose statements, qualification rules, etc), any references to NQF Levels are to the pre-2009 levels unless specifically stated otherwise.  

This unit standard replaces: 
US ID Unit Standard Title Pre-2009 NQF Level NQF Level Credits Replacement Status
14784  Apply sampling theory and practice in the chemical industry  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Complete 

PURPOSE OF THE UNIT STANDARD 
Learners who demonstrate competence as described in the outcomes of this Unit Standard will understand and be able to apply sampling knowledge and practice in a processing environment. This has application for those individuals in production, laboratory or research and development environments who are required to take samples. It is also relevant to quality assurance.

The qualifying learner is able to:
  • Explain the purpose of sampling and scientific/technical basis upon which sampling is based.
  • Take a variety of samples in a process related environment.
  • Evaluate sampling procedure.
  • Evaluate analysis results. 

  • LEARNING ASSUMED TO BE IN PLACE AND RECOGNITION OF PRIOR LEARNING 
    Learners accessing this unit standard will have demonstrated competence against mathematical literacy and literacy at NQF Level 1 or equivalent. 

    UNIT STANDARD RANGE 
    The typical context of this unit standard includes any processing environment, for example chemical, minerals or beverage processing.

    Range statements, which are applicable to the Unit Standard title, Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria are found beneath the applicable assessment criteria. 

    Specific Outcomes and Assessment Criteria: 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 1 
    Explain the purpose of sampling and the scientific and technical bases upon which sampling is based. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The purpose of sampling is explained in terms of workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The use of scientific and technological principles to ensure sample quality is explained in terms of workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    The criteria for taking different samples are explained as per workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
  • Criteria include frequency of sampling, volume of the sample, sampling procedure, sampling method.
  • Samples should preferably be representative samples taken in the learner's area of responsibility.
     

  • ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Factors that could impact on sample quality before, during and after sampling are explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Factors include contamination, degradation over time, impact of sample cooling or heating and segregation.
     

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 2 
    Take a variety of samples in a process related environment. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Preparation for taking samples is done in accordance with standard operating procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Samples are taken according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Standard operating procedures should include prevention of sample contamination, degradation, taking the samples, packaging, sealing and sample identification.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Samples are processed according to standard operating procedures. 
    ASSESSMENT CRITERION RANGE 
    Processing may include treatment/processing of samples, storage/dispatch to laboratory or analysis of samples depending on the site specific requirements.
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Process and equipment are returned to normal operating conditions on completion of sampling. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 3 
    Evaluate sampling procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    Any deviation from the standard operating procedure during the sampling process is identified according to workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    Reasons for any sampling deviations are explained with reference to the standard operating procedure. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Consequences of sampling deviations are explained with reference to the impact it may have on product quality or process efficiency. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Standard operating procedures followed and the sampling activities carried out are evaluated in view of the principles of sampling. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 5 
    Appropriate changes are recommended to improve current practice. 

    SPECIFIC OUTCOME 4 
    Evaluate analysis results. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERIA
     

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 1 
    The relevance of the analysis of the sample on quality is explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 2 
    The relevance of the analysis of the sample on the control of the process is explained in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 3 
    Analysis results are plotted together with control limits in accordance with workplace procedures. 

    ASSESSMENT CRITERION 4 
    Trends and deviations are explained in terms of process conditions and raw material quality. 


    UNIT STANDARD ACCREDITATION AND MODERATION OPTIONS 
  • An assessor, accredited with a relevant NQF 2 or higher qualification, will assess the learner's competency.
  • Anyone assessing a learner or moderating the assessment of a learner against this Unit Standard must be registered as an Assessor with the relevant ETQA.
  • Direct observation in simulated or actual work conditions is required. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ESSENTIAL EMBEDDED KNOWLEDGE 
    Qualifying learners understand and can:
  • Explain the purpose of sampling and scientific/technical basis upon which sampling is based.
  • Take a variety of samples in a process related environment.
  • Evaluate sampling procedure.
  • Evaluate analysis results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD DEVELOPMENTAL OUTCOME 
    N/A 

    UNIT STANDARD LINKAGES 
    N/A 


    Critical Cross-field Outcomes (CCFO): 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO IDENTIFYING 
    The learner is able to identify and solve problems in which responses display that responsible decisions, using critical and creative thinking, have been made by:
  • Taking and processing samples according to standard operating procedures.
  • Identifying any deviation from the standard operating procedure during the sampling process.
  • Explaining the reasons for any sampling deviations.
  • Evaluating Standard operating procedures followed and sampling activities carried out.
  • Recommending appropriate changes to improve current practice.
  • Explaining trends and deviations in terms of process conditions and raw material quality.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Take a variety of samples in a process related environment.
  • Evaluate sampling procedure.
  • Evaluate analysis results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO WORKING 
    Work effectively with others as a member of a team, group, organisation or community. 

    UNIT STANDARD CCFO ORGANISING 
    The learner is able to organise and manage himself and his activities responsibly and effectively by:
  • Taking samples according to Standard operating procedures.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Evaluate sampling procedure. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COLLECTING 
    Collect, analyse, organise and critically evaluate information by:
  • Identifying any deviation from the standard operating procedure during the sampling process.
  • Identifying the reasons and consequences for any sampling deviations.
  • Recommending appropriate changes to improve current practice.
  • Plotting analysis results together with control limits.
  • Explaining trends and deviations in terms of process conditions and raw material quality.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Evaluate sampling procedure.
  • Evaluate analysis results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO COMMUNICATING 
    Communicate effectively by using mathematical and/or language skills in the modes of oral and/or written presentations by:
  • Plotting analysis results together with control limits.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcome:
  • Evaluate analysis results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO SCIENCE 
    Use science and technology effectively and critically, showing responsibility towards the environment and health of others when:
  • Taking and analysing samples.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Evaluate analysis procedure.
  • Evaluate analysis results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO DEMONSTRATING 
    Demonstrate an understanding of the world as a set of related systems by:
  • Explaining the purpose of sampling.
  • Explaining the factors that could impact on sample quality after sampling.
  • Explaining the reasons, consequences and trends for any sampling deviations.

    Refer to the following Specific Outcomes:
  • Explain the purpose of sampling and the scientific and technical bases upon which sampling is based.
  • Evaluate sampling procedure.
  • Evaluate analysis results. 

  • UNIT STANDARD CCFO CONTRIBUTING 
    Contribute to the full personal development of each learner and the social and economic development of the society at large by:
  • Understanding the role of sampling knowledge and practice in a processing environment and the effect it has on the growth and development of the organisation, its customers and employees.

    Refer to all Specific Outcomes. 

  • UNIT STANDARD ASSESSOR CRITERIA 
    N/A 

    REREGISTRATION HISTORY 
    As per the SAQA Board decision/s at that time, this unit standard was Reregistered in 2012; 2015. 

    UNIT STANDARD NOTES 
    This unit standard replaces unit standard 14784, "Apply sampling theory and practice in the chemical industry", Level 2, 5 credits.

    Supplementary Information:

    Terms and definitions:
  • Standard operating procedures; The documented practice(s) defining the who, what, and when of quality activities.
  • Process; Process means the manufacturing process where a product is manufactured using machinery and equipment with limited guidance or control from the learner.
  • Deviation; Deviations are variations from a specified value or range of values that remain constant during normal operation.
  • Process and operating specifications; The measurements and indications of all variables monitored during operations including temperatures, pressures, speed, flow rates, power consumption, noise, vibration and visual indicators.
  • Changes; Changes are measurements and indications that may occur suddenly or over a period of time including changes within and beyond the limits specified in the (standard) operating instructions. 

  • QUALIFICATIONS UTILISING THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
      ID QUALIFICATION TITLE PRE-2009 NQF LEVEL NQF LEVEL STATUS END DATE PRIMARY OR DELEGATED QA FUNCTIONARY
    Core  78527   National Certificate: Chemical Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  58955   National Certificate: Chemical Manufacturing  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  CHIETA 
    Elective  74530   National Certificate: Measurement, Control and Instrumentation  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2021-06-30  As per Learning Programmes recorded against this Qual 
    Elective  61929   National Certificate: Pulp and Paper Operations  Level 2  NQF Level 02  Reregistered  2023-06-30  FPMSETA 


    PROVIDERS CURRENTLY ACCREDITED TO OFFER THIS UNIT STANDARD: 
    This information shows the current accreditations (i.e. those not past their accreditation end dates), and is the most complete record available to SAQA as of today. Some Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionaries have a lag in their recording systems for provider accreditation, in turn leading to a lag in notifying SAQA of all the providers that they have accredited to offer qualifications and unit standards, as well as any extensions to accreditation end dates. The relevant Primary or Delegated Quality Assurance Functionary should be notified if a record appears to be missing from here.
     
    1. Ehlanzeni TVET College 
    2. HT MARKTECH 
    3. MPACT 
    4. SAPITI (SOUTH AFRICAN PAINT INDUSTRY TRAINING INSTITUTE) 
    5. VEB CELE & Associates (Pty) Ltd 



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